Gift Horse: A Lakota Story


A Lakota boy comes of age and finds his courage in this picture book from award-winning author and illustrator S. D. Nelson.

When Flying Cloud's father gives him a Gift Horse, marking the beginning of his journey to manhood, Flying Cloud names the horse Storm. The two become inseparable: they spend their days riding across the prairie, hunting deer, and roughhousing with the other boys and their horses. But as Flying Cloud becomes a man, his life takes a serious turn: He must now learn the ways of his people and what it means to be a Lakota warrior. So when enemies of the Lakota steal many of the tribe’s horses - including Storm - Flying Cloud must join the rescue party. Will he prove he has the courage to become a true Warrior?

The bold, full-color illustrations bring to life this exciting coming-of-age tale from award-winning creator and member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe S. D. Nelson and provide a unique look into the lives of the Lakota during the nineteenth century. Backmatter includes a brief summary of the Lakota history.

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-810941-27-4
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Trim: 9" x 10 1/4"
  • Page count: 40
  • Published by Abrams Books for Young Readers in 1999
  • Written and Illustrated by S.D. Nelson
  • Audience: Children 4-8 (AS790L)
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